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Happy Memorial Day!

Relax and enjoy

Sunflower Surprise from Hudson Valley Seed Library

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One of our favorite window boxes
Pound Ridge, NY

One of our favorite window boxes

Pound Ridge, NY

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Columbine loves to garden with fruit, vegetables and flowers.  There is nothing more wonderful than using all of these skills on one landscape.  A great example of this is the apple tree garden in Pound Ridge.  Designed as a walk through from house to pool area, the trees provide four seasons of interest while the perennials provide foliage and flowers from spring to fall.  The apples are delicious!

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A bright and wild cottage style cutting garden
New Canaan, CT

A bright and wild cottage style cutting garden

New Canaan, CT

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Pool Garden

Pound Ridge, NY

We who garden in the northeast U.S. rely heavily on Hydrangea macrophylla for big beautiful blooms from early summer through frost.  Unfortunately, this year even those cultivars that bloom on new wood (in this picture ‘Penny Mac’) had their buds blasted during our protracted cold spell this past spring.  Fortunately, this garden has phlox, several long blooming clematis (‘Betty Corning’ and a pink flowering C. texensis whose name I’ve forgotten) and Rosa ‘Blaze’ to keep the color going late into the season. 

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Formosa lily begins
Norwalk, CT

Formosa lily begins

Norwalk, CT

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Water Garden

New Canaan, CT

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Viburnum in fruit
New Canaan, CT

Viburnum in fruit

New Canaan, CT

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Wednesday in Darien, CT

This garden is a joyful collaboration between the owner and Columbine.  We have been gradually removing sections of pachysandra and creating shrub/perennial vignettes that include Clethra, Amsonia hubrechtii, Loebelia siphilitica, Ligularia, etc. The deer and other critters present a challenge, but we’re happily working with established woodies (note the Paper Bark Maple in the last picture and the Korean Dogwood in the first) that give us a great structure.  The property is lovely, we wish we had better photography skills to fully capture its beauty. 

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Windowbox close-up
Echeveria pulidonis and Lampranthus roseus

Windowbox close-up

Echeveria pulidonis and Lampranthus roseus